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SCUTTLEBUTT 3767 - Friday, February 1, 2013
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NOT YOUR ORDINARY REGATTA
When nearly a third of the boats at Quantum Key West (Jan 21-25) were
competing in one class, and when that class was a one-design boat that had
yet to celebrate its first birthday, that class - the J/70 - quickly became
the talk of the town. Working with the fleet was George Szabo of Quantum
Sails who shares his experience:
Last Week I had the opportunity to provide coaching for the J/70 class at
Quantum Key West Race Week, and the entire experience was a bit out of the
ordinary. To start, walking through the boat yard before the event I didn't
feel that pervasive nervousness that you would expect to find. Instead, it
was an atmosphere of teams with new toys figuring out how to put them
There was the comparison of rigging ideas, looking to see what the guy next
to you was doing, lots of spinnaker bags and other covers being installed.
When I asked people how much they had practiced, the most often heard
response was "three days - it is pretty cold up north right now." The other
common response was "I just received the boat, and I'm still taking off the
plastic wrap from the factory."
My favorite rigging question before the event came from one new boat owner
who walked up to another boat owner, and said "I've rigged my entire boat,
and I have this one piece left over. What is it for?" I took a lot of
photos of the different rigging ideas and have posted them on the Quantum
Sails one design site for others to see.
I ran a clinic on the day before the regatta and noted a collective energy
on the water. Teams were learning how to tack, jibe and douse efficiently.
As that got sorted out, we began to work on boatspeed, tuning, and helping
sailors get their rigs, travelers and jib leads in the right position. From
there, tuning was the next thing up to improve, and the race was on to find
the good rake number. Being a J boat, and the history of J boats having lee
helm, the question was how long you could make your forestay and still go
fast. The tuning guide was written, but the numbers were certain to change
before the week was out. Got to love new fleet evolution.
Upwind wasn't the only education that teams were receiving. It was the same
downwind. On the second day of racing, the fleet was planing off the wind.
In race one, four guys on the rail was the fastest. By race three, a faster
technique developed, that had three guys on the rail and one guy in the
middle. By the next day with stronger wind, it was back to four guys on the
rail being fastest. It was pure entertainment to watch that progression.
Being in a coach boat was invaluable. I could see the daily changes in the
way the fleet was sailing and take photos of the changes while on the
water. In the evening, I was able to share these photos with customers and
offer suggestions for the following day, plus I was able to e-mail a daily
debrief of the general trends and how they had changed from the previous
day. It was time well spent and worth every moment.
MORE: Next week Scuttlebutt will publish comments from some of the trophy
KEY WEST'S MOST HONORED WINNER
One of the most anticipated moments at Key West Race Week occurs during the
final trophy presentation on Friday when it is announced which team was
selected as the Boat of the Week.
The 2013 winner of the Quantum Boat of the Week Trophy was Brian Porter's
Melges 24 team of Andy Burdick, Sam Rogers, and Matt Woodworth on Full
Noticing that Sam is now a three-time winner of the trophy, Scuttlebutt got
curious what it takes to become an event's most honored winner. Was it cool
crew gear or hosting killer parties? Neither as Sam reports:
What I tell my three and half year old daughter is that winning Boat of the
Week comes down to my impeccable spinnaker trim downwind and amazing hiking
ability upwind. Of course, with my wife and anyone else with an objective
point of view, it is clear that sailing with solid programs with a shot to
win in competitive classes is the main factor to winning KW Boat of the
Winning a class is the first step, and being involved in wins with Star -
Melges 32, Samba - Melges 32, and now Full Throttle - Melges 24, has been a
huge thrill, and to get named Boat of the Week after is always icing on the
cake, and a very pleasant (rum-filled) surprise.
To my knowledge, the Boat of the Week uses a formula and other objective
factors, and based off my own observations, it seems to go the teams who
sail in one of the larger fleets in KW, and either win by a wide margin, or
duke it out until the very end with a few other boats. It would be a
challenge to have a goal to win Boat of the Week, as you would be much
better off sailing hard, focus on winning your class, and letting the chips
fall that you get the extra recognition.
Winning a class in Key West is always a big challenge as a lot can happen
in the five days of racing against a lot of really talented teams, and
getting named Boat of the Week at the end of a week of battle is always a
great surprise and leads to a fun last night in Key West.
Fingers crossed I will be involved with another great program in KW 2014,
and we can work hard to win our class and see what happens from there.
PHOTO: An exuberant Sam with the BOW trophy: http://tinyurl.com/KS-013113
Event website: http://www.premiere-racing.com/QKW2013_event.html
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BISCAYNE BAY SHUFFLES THE DECK
Miami, FL (January 31, 2013) - In contrast to the steady, stronger winds
earlier in the week, Biscayne Bay shuffled the deck for the fourth day of
the ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami. Overcast skies with winds ranging from 4
to 15 knots would provide a new test for the ten Olympic and two Paralympic
The regatta's largest event this year is the Laser, which features 70-boats
in gold and silver fleets. Sweden's Jesper Stalheim finished the first
series, which concluded Wednesday, with the lead and he finished today on
top of the leaderboard in the new series. He was third and second today,
while Charlie Buckingham (USA) overtook second place after winning race
nine in the new series. The World #3 Bruno Fontes is in third.
"With the new carryover scoring system and the bonus points for wins they
have here for scoring, I'm not sure what will happen. It should be
interesting," said Stalheim. "Yesterday (Wednesday), everything fell into
place. I'm here to work on my starts and I did well with that. It's a
really good fleet this week, especially a year after the Olympics."
Stalheim finished third at the Laser European Championship (France) in June
and won the Laser Europa Cup (Denmark) in September.
The Laser Radials also started a new series this morning. Paige Railey
(USA) asserted herself by winning the two of three races today. She has won
three of the last four races to take a two point lead. Her discard is a
six. Finishing second twice today was Ireland's Annalise Murphy. She
started the new series with a lead. The World #5 Tuula Tenkanen won race
Sarah Newberry and John Casey (USA) are sailing away from the entire fleet.
They have an impressive 11-point lead through four days of racing in the
Nacra 17 event. The won race eight to cap another outstanding performance.
The duo has won six of eight races this week. -- Full report:
Canada team report: http://tinyurl.com/CAN-013113
USA team report: http://tinyurl.com/USA-013113
BACKGROUND: The six-day ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (Jan 28-Feb 2) is the
second of four events on the 2012-13 ISAF Sailing World Cup season. The
season began in Melbourne, Australia (Dec 2-8) and will move next to Palma
Spain (Mar 30-Apr 6) and then Hyeres, France (Apr 20-27). The ISAF Sailing
World Cup is open to the sailing classes (equipment) chosen for the 2016
Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Competitions. --
ON THE ROAD BACK TO THE PODIUM
Steve Mitchell has competed and coached at the Olympic level, and has World
title trophies on his shelf to show that he knows how to play the game. As
the Canadian Sailing Team High Performance Coach/Manager, it wasn't much
fun to see Canada kept off the podium at the 2012 Games, and he is eager to
avoid it occurring again in four years at the Brazil Olympics. Here he
shares his thoughts on the topic:
Energizing North America...
Our plan is to focus a lot more on North American based training, group
training within the specific classes and some of that is linked to the
coordination with the American team. Both countries are competing against
each other but we can share resources to make it beneficial for each.
There are also regatta opportunities within the continent that Canada can
support and benefit from. Following Miami, there is now an event in Ft.
Lauderdale which is open to all the Olympic classes, and a long time
Olympic event in Long Beach, CA has been moved on the calendar to better
fit into the schedule.
In Kingston, CORK was historically a big event ten years ago but has
gradually seen less participants, particularly from outside the country.
But now our national team is committed to include CORK on our schedule,
which we anticipate will help to attract the American teams as well. We
anticipate this will help it become exceedingly useful for both countries,
not just for the national teams but for youth development as well.
Read on: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/news/13/0129/#sm
2200 MILES WITHOUT A KEEL
(January 31, 2013; Day 83) - With nine skippers yet to have completed their
Vendee Globe, the plotline today revolves around a tired, lonely,
Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) moored keel-less to a buoy for three
days with too much time to think and not enough food or fuel.
After 24 hours of surfing the coast to round Cape Finisterre in 30 knots of
wind, rough seas, amongst the busy maritime motorway of cargo ships and
fishing boats, a sleep deprived Jean-Pierre Dick (Virbac Paprec 3) has
found shelter along the Galician coast, in the mining port of San Ciprian
His moored yacht would be facing the incoming gale expected between late
Thursday lasting until Friday. He also indicated that he had used his
engine, which broke the engine seal, in order to finalize his approach to a
mooring buoy. He must write a report to the jury to explain the facts. A
second report will be issued to specify the start time. The jury will then
decide his fate.
The big question is when he will be able to resume his route to Les Sables
d'Olonne. A potential weather window opens in just over 48 hours, which JP
indicates must not exceed winds of 25 knots. If he returned to the race on
Sunday morning, realistically he could complete the remaining 291 miles by
Monday night. A double victory, fourth place and also, managing to
successfully sail 2200 miles without a keel.
Top 5 of 20 - Rankings as of Thursday, January 31, 2013, 20h00 (FR)
1. Francois Gabart (FRA), Macif: Jan 27, 14:18:40 UTC, 78:02:16:40
2. Armel Le Cleac'h(FRA),Banque Populaire: Jan 27, 17:35:52UTC, 78:05:33:52
3. Alex Thomson (GBR), Hugo Boss: Jan 30, 07:25:43 UTC, 80:19:23:43
4. Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), Virbac Paprec 3: 291.8 nm Distance to Finish
5. Jean Le Cam (FRA), SynerCiel: 1358.2 nm DTF
Full rankings: http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/ranking.html
WORLD RECORD: The World Sailing Speed Record Council has confirmed the
establishment of new Round the World Monohull and Singlehanded Monohull
records. Francois Gabart (FRA) sailing the Open 60 Macif completed the
21600 nm circumnavigation on November 10, 2012 to the January 27, 2013 in
an elapsed time of 78 days 2 hours 16 minutes and 40 seconds (11.52 knot
speed average). The previous record of 84d 36h 9m 8s was set by Michel
Desjoyeaux (FRA) on the Open 60 Foncia in 2008/9. --
BACKGROUND: Twenty skippers began the 24,000-nm Vendee Globe, a solo,
non-stop around the world race in the IMOCA Open 60 class. Starting in Les
Sables d'Olonne, France on November 10, the west to east course passes the
three major capes of Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn before returning to
Les Sables d'Olonne. -- http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/
STORM TRYSAIL BLOCK ISLAND RACE WEEK XXV, JUNE 23-28, 2013
Entries are pouring in for The Storm Trysail Club's 25th Block Island Race
Week, the East Coast's premier five day race week. Compete for the Rolex in
the 'Round Block Island Race; North American Championships in IRC, HPR and
J80's; East Coast Championships in PHRF and J109's; Swan 42 New England and
Beneteau 36.7 Northeast Championships. Navigator-style courses for Double
Handed, Cruising and Classic classes. Get your crew together, book your
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PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S MATCH RACING CIRCUIT LAUNCHED
While the fickle winds of Olympic class selection discarded the Women's
Match Race event after only one appearance at the 2012 Olympics, the
significant interest in the event has now been redirected toward the launch
of the new Women's International Match Racing Series.
This professional circuit will have five events in 2013, with prize money
at each event and an overall prize pool of at least US $50,000 for
distribution after the finale in August.
"The women sailors have asked for a long time to have a Series of their own
and WIMRA is thrilled to be in a position to work with our international
event partner to make this happen," says WIMRA Executive Director and
former Match Racing World Champion, Liz Baylis. "The Weymouth Olympics
highlighted the spectacular nature of match racing and the Women's
International Match Racing Series is going to take that to new heights."
* This August, sailing takes over Navy Pier as modern match racing meets
maritime history. The Chicago Match Cup, a $100,000 sailing competition and
the only U.S. stop on the Alpari World Match Racing Tour, will set sail
alongside one of Chicago's most popular attractions, the majestic Tall
Ships Chicago 2013 Festival, Aug. 7-11, 2013. -- Read on:
* Tampa, FL (January 31, 2013) - David Reich shot out to the lead with a
dominating performance on the first day of the VX ONE Midwinter
Championship. Reich, of Birmingham, AL, notched two bullets to begin the
regatta, then scored a second in the day's third race for just 4 points
overall. Brian Bennett, builder of the boat, follows in second with 7
points, and Donnie Brennan rounds out the top three with 9 points. Hosted
by the Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa, Florida, the Championship is the
first stand-alone Midwinters for the young VX ONE Class. -- Read on:
* Muscat, Oman (January 31, 2013) - The launch of the 2013 RC44
Championship Tour at the RC44 Oman Cup produced perfect sailing conditions
of 9-15 knots for the start of the 13-boat fleet racing event. Katusha
(RUS) was on fire to lead the day, rolling a 1-1-3 with Americans Steve
Howe at the helm and Andy Horton on tactics. Closing the day in second
place overall is Brian Benjamin's Aegir Racing with tactician Russell
Coutts. -- Full report:
* Eight venues spanning the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe
have been announced for the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series, marking the third
year of truly global competition for the circuit first launched as a
European only event in 2007. The teams, sailing the Extreme 40 catamaran,
will compete on stadium race courses with longer distance 'coastal races'
and a Saturday evening special format race added to the 2013 event mix.
Seven teams are currently listed for the season. -- Full report:
Olympic sailing champion Timir Pinegin died on January 31, 2013 at the age
of 85, the Russian Sports Ministry has announced. Pinegin won the
first-ever gold medal in sailing for the Soviet Union in 1960, triumphing
in the Star class event with his partner Fyodor Shutkov. The ministry did
not specify a cause of death.
He was a 16-time Russian champion in various classes and won medal at the
world and European Championships, including European gold in the Star in
1964. After participating in six Olympic Games and retiring from
professional sport in 1973, Pinegin served as head coach of the Soviet team
from 1980 to 1988. --
PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Some of the random photos from the sport received this week at Scuttlebutt
include thinking/not thinking, shorthanded fiasco, oxymoron, huge
reception, weight placement, scooped, and sunset sailing. Here are this
week's photos: http://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/photos/13/0201/
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Few activities have as much soul as sailing. Our culture has succeeded in
complicating the experience, but the essence can't be lost. The sail and
the wind, and our interaction with both, is a binding marriage. We are
committed to it. This week's video, which highlights kitewing ice sailing,
reminds us how simple it can be. Just the sail, the wind, and our
interaction with both. Click here for this week's video:
* Quantum Key West produces great racing in great weather, but it also
produce great daily videos too: http://vimeo.com/channels/kwrwlive/videos
* While the offshore landmarks in Southern California are not nearly as
notorious as those to the east, the ocean racing schedule continues to seek
them out. The recent Sugarloaf Rock Race out of San Diego saw great
competition with the TP52 "Bud", the STP65 "Bad Pak", the Sleds "Alchemy"
and "Condor" and the R/P 50 "Blue Blazes". Video by San Diego Boatworks:
* This week on America's Cup Discovered we ask Emirates Team New Zealand
exactly how different their second AC72 will be. The Kiwi shore crew break
down AC72 Boat 1, while the sailors ramp it up and get physical. We also
catch up with Torbjorn Tornqvist, the driving force behind Artemis Racing
and their challenge for the 34th America's Cup. Tune in on Saturday
February 2 approx 0800 PST 1100 EST: http://www.youtube.com/americascup
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